Whenever we lose someone we never met, people tend to shrug it off. But not in this case.
The world lost a sports icon on Sunday, Jan., 26 2020. Kobe Bean Bryant was on his way to his daughter’s basketball game when the helicopter he was riding in suddenly crashed, killing Bryant, his daughter and seven other passengers. As soon as that news broke, the world stood still.
Kobe Bean Bryant was arguably one of the greatest NBA players of all time whose accomplishments involved being a 5-time NBA champion and an 18-time all-star. But one of his most famous contributions to the game was his “mamba mentality.” Throughout his career, as his playing style developed, he had donned the nickname, the “Black Mamba.” The black mamba is one of the most fearless snakes in the wild, and that matched up with his personality-on and off the court-perfectly. Kobe Bryant was known as someone who put his all into everything that he did; he never left anything out on the court. From dealing with broken fingers, a fractured nose, and even rupturing his achilles mid-game and staying in to shoot free throws, that is just the man that he was. People took note of that and started to apply that mentality to their own life-to be the best person that you can be, finding that self-motivation and that desire to accomplish anything that you set your mind to.
As our time at college progresses and students go through the semester, motivation tends to dwindle throughout the year and we often end up questioning what our next move will be in life.Bryant has some advice for us. “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.”
We so often forget that we are in this thing called life together. We need to inspire each other, build each other up as well as focus on bettering ourselves in the process. The “mamba mentality” is so much more than just a mindset that you can apply to the court; it is something that you can possess and use to your outlook on life.
We as college students are on the brink of our next chapter in life, and we can all take something from this mentality as we head into our careers. “If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will do it for you,” Bryant once said.
His prophecies have touched many people across the world, and it is our job to carry on that mentality. The legends themselves may die, but the prophecies that they taught us never will.